World Premiere of Offending Gesture Opens Off-Broadway Tonight

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Mac Wellman's The Offending Gesture, derived from the true story of Hitler and his dog, officially opens Off-Broadway Jan. 9, following previews that began Jan. 6. 

The comedic drama about Hitler and his dog, Blondi, is scheduled to run through Jan. 23. The world-premiere staging by The Tank theatre company is presented in association with 3-Legged Dog Art and Technology Center at The Connelly Theater in New York City.

"Wellman’s play is a humorous and poetic indictment of American foreign policy in Iraq, told through the true story of Hitler and his dog, Blondi," state production notes. "Wellman takes as his subject a political incident that occurred in 1941 just before Germany invaded the Soviet Union, when Tor Borg, a Finnish businessman infamously taught his own dog Jackie to do the Nazi Party Salute in response to the command, 'Heil Hitler.'"

Featured in the cast are Starr Busby, Julia Sirna Frest, Layla Khoshnoudi, Kristine Haruna Lee, Lacy Rose and Abby Rosebrock. The creative team includes scenic designers Christopher and Justin Swader and Emily Blumenauer as costume designer.

The Jan. 17 performance will be presented with ASL translation. 

The Offending Gesture is part of The Tank's flagship program, Flint & Tinder, a series that presents new shows featuring physical or devised theatre, clowning and puppeteering. For tickets visit or call (212) 563-6269. The Connelly Theater is located at 220 East 4th St., Manhattan. 

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